Thursday, May 7, 2009

H1N1 Influenza A - update

Earlier post were not complete, partly because I do not have all the background other do to understand everything about this.
First, this was really important because like the 1917 influenza, it effected young, healthy adults.
The reason is because when you get sick with the flu, the immune system kicks into high gear producing certain reactions in the body (aches, malaise, production of mucous, etc,,) which make you feel sick. In this case, the healthier you are, the more likely that you will have a strong reaction. It is our own immune systems which create this problem and in some cases kill us.
Older people and people with depreciated immune systems still have to worry, but not as much as healthy adults. Regular flues generally cause real trouble for this population.
Why Mexico and not here? No answers are coming from my expert, who generally has a really good handle on such things.
And we really do need to watch out for this in the fall. There will probably be a vaccine by that time.
And for the post concerning this topic from the Streets of Stamford, The CDC is recommending AGAINST the use of face masks!

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Sent: Thursday, May 07, 2009 9:50 AM
Subject: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Reference to wearing a face mask has been removed. Wearing a face mask is not advised

Updates are happening from the CDC and WHO and a more than daily basis. Go to CDC.gov for current info.
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